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Nov 24, 2013 7:00am PST
the country from obtaining a nuclear weapon. president obama announced the breakthrough in a live television address late last night. the secretary of state john kerry spoke with our own candy crowley this morning. his message, trust but verify. >> we do that with eyes absolutely wide open. we have no illusions. we're convinced over the next few months we'll really be able to put to the test what iran's intentions are. >> not everyone is cheering this deal including one of the united states' most critical allies, israel. the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu is now calling the move and i'm quoting him now "an historic mistake." we're getting reaction from key players all around the world including right here in washington. let's go to cnn's reza sayah and christiane amanpour in london. what's the reaction inside iran, reza? >> iranians didn't get much sleep last night, wolf, because word of this deal came around 5:00 a.m. local time here in tehran. the overwhelming reaction has been positive. we haven't talked to one person who hasn't been pleased that an interim deal has been hammer
Nov 3, 2013 7:00am PST
has been embarrassing for the obama administration at a time when it hardly needs more bad news. is it more than an embarrassment? should it raise alarms abroad and at home? at first glance this is a story that is less about ethics and more about power. the great power gap between the united states and other countries even rich european ones. the most illuminating response came from the former foreign minister of france. he said in a radio interview, let's be honest we eavesdrop too. everyone is listening to everyone else. he went on to add we don't have the same means as the united states which makes us jealous. america spends tens of billions of dollars on intelligence collection. it's hard to get data to make good comparisons but it is safe to assume that washington's intelligence budget dwarfs that of other countries just as it does with defense spending. it is particularly strange that this rift should develop between the united states and its closest allies in europe. it was predictable and in fact in a sense predicted. in 2002, the british diplomat robert cooper wrote an
Nov 10, 2013 7:00am PST
. the answer is clear. not much. the obama administration was not proposing that any of the major sanctions against iran be lifted or even suspended. those are all passed about i congress and couldn't be lifted easily any way. it was proposing to take pretty minor steps. europe has more flexibility on sanctions but from what we heard those countries were proposing relief of very small kinds. now, if the argument is that iran should make significant concessions but that the west should make none at all, that's not negotiations. that's a requirement that the other side surrender which makes one wonder, do the critics of this negotiating process want a better deal or do they really want no deal at all so that it opens up another path to deal with the problem, which is war. in that case, the danger for those critics was not that geneva negotiations were failing but that they were succeeding. let's get started. >>> you just heard my take. let's bring in some experts. ken pollack is a former cia analyst and a staffer at the national security council and author of a new book "unthinkable." joe is
Nov 17, 2013 7:00am PST
serious objections and others who see this as an easy avenue to outflank president obama on the right placing him in the familiar spot of a liberal democrat who is soft on america's foes. many of us assumed the greatest obstacle to a deal would come from tehran. supreme leader and revolutionary guard remain deeply anti-american and may oppose concessions that they would have to make to get a deal. it's now clear that greater obstacles might lie in the path of the negotiators on the other side. the minute any deal is announced saudi arabia and israel will denounce it and many republicans will join in given that congress will have to pass laws to lift any of the major sanctions against iran, this could prove to be an obstacle that cannot be overcome. so obama faces two major challenges. first, he has to get a deal that hardliners in tehran can live with and then he needs to get one that hardliners in washington and jerusalem and riyadh can abide. if he can do both, maybe he will deserve his nobel peace prize after you will. for more go to and read my "time" column this we
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